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What's the world coming to when a car gets better gas mileage then a motorcycle? Bought a 2006 Toyota Prius this past week and was amazed when I topped off the tank today. ($12.60/ 4.4 gallons/227.1 miles) The car averaged 51.6 miles per gallon. And it's not even broke in yet. My wifes Pathfinder gets 17 to 18 miles per gallon and I won't even share what our Ford F250 gets.

It won't be long before someone designs and makes a "Hybrid" motorcycles. Especially with the ongoing increases in gasoline prices.

May we never find the end of the road!

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post #2 of 10 Old Aug 8th, 2006, 2:57 am
 
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I'll take Fun Factor over mileage any day!
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What's the world coming to when a car gets better gas mileage then a motorcycle? Bought a 2006 Toyota Prius this past week and was amazed when I topped off the tank today. ($12.60/ 4.4 gallons/227.1 miles) The car averaged 51.6 miles per gallon. And it's not even broke in yet. My wifes Pathfinder gets 17 to 18 miles per gallon and I won't even share what our Ford F250 gets.

It won't be long before someone designs and makes a "Hybrid" motorcycles. Especially with the ongoing increases in gasoline prices.

May we never find the end of the road!

Perry Ridgway

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ninja 250 of my daughters got just over 80 mpg all through the mountains
the f650gs from bmw 70+ up here 65 on the highway
the KLR 650 of ours got 67 mpg 65 riding hard

there's three I klnow that get better mileage than your prius

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I'll take Fun Factor over mileage any day!

yup, but buy a F650Gs and get 70 Ok you wil get 60 with that heavy wrist still have fun ride like crazy all over the country


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I have 2 jetta TDI's, a 5sp that gets between 41 and 49, and an automatic that gets 33-42. There are diesel motorcycles available that will get 150mpg, but I don't think I would want one. The TDI's are refined, don't smoke or stink, and don't sound much different from a gas car. The diesel m/c on the other hand probably smokes like mad and vibrates more than a Harley Davidson!
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I have 2 jetta TDI's, a 5sp that gets between 41 and 49, and an automatic that gets 33-42. There are diesel motorcycles available that will get 150mpg, but I don't think I would want one. The TDI's are refined, don't smoke or stink, and don't sound much different from a gas car. The diesel m/c on the other hand probably smokes like mad and vibrates more than a Harley Davidson!
My Passat TDI gets 42mpg on the highway. 36mpg lifetime (35k miles so far). I love it -- nice, comfy sedan with all the amenities and excellent mileage.

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I agree on the fun factor when comparing the two, But you have to love the fuel savings, for us about $1900 per year. If we only keep the car for 5 years that's $9500 dollars that stays in our pocket (and that's based on current gas prices). The $3150 "tax credit" for buying the Prius was not too hard to take as well. And we worked the Toyota 7 year 100,000 mile worry free platinum warranty plan into the deal. All that savings pays for a lot of LT road time and LT goodies. Like the 3000 miles we just put on the LT touring New England, the Remus titanium system we installed at this years MOA rally and this weekends Georgia Mtn ride and steak dinner.



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....I won't even share what our Ford F250 gets....
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I'll gladly share what my 7,000 pound, 4x4, GMC 2500 diesel gets: 22-24 MPG!

Love those diesels....

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The diesel m/c on the other hand probably smokes like mad and vibrates more than a Harley Davidson!
I knew someone who was heavily into diesel bikes and converted several Matchless and Royal Enfields, using Robin engines, and even got involved to some extent when a company started to make them in small numbers. It was certainly economical and didn't vibrate but it wouldn't accelerate worth a light and had a top speed of about 50mph. He went miles and miles on his and could put in vast daily mileages but I don't think he converted many people!

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Hey...I'll take flexible fuel.....

Make mine a ZX-14 or a K1200S running on premium gasoline with nitrous as the alternative/additive...


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